1. Agency Updates
-Le Monds reported for Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) Community Justice Council
Crisis Stabilization Initiative is being researched by the County on how to move forward in
2023. New positions added through the budget process will be implemented early 2023.
CYF is phasing out the program Children Come First, enrollment is low; CCS case
management is doing well.
-Scarr reported no LTE's nor Intellectual and Developmental Disability Advocate have
been hired in Adult Protective Services, APS is in the hiring process for these positions.
Elder Abuse and Adults at Risk is understaffed (due to open positions and maternity
leave), there is a waiting list currently for investigations (around 5 days). Division
Administrator Angela Velasquez is in charge of Disability and Aging Services, and Adult
Protective Services now.
-Brown reported the Victim Witness Unit, is hiring two new positions, one being a Victim
Witness Case Manager. Several Attorney's with experience returned to the DA's office.
January is incredibly busy with Jury Trials; there has been a large increase in Defense
Attorney's trying to get access to records. Clarifying legislation with Marcy's Law, (victims
have the right to privacy, but no definition of what that 'right' is) Victim's can get
restitution but is not entirely clear on Administrative Code, Constitution or State Law; they
do not all align and are not entirely clear to the victim.
-Barry reported for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, three of five positions that
were vacant, are now filled. Housing First Coordinator, Crisis Intervention Coordinator are
two positions not filled yet. Shelter is trying to stand alone, DAIS is trying to hire third
shift Crisis intervention to answer the help line, the idea is someone is always available to
support those in need. A rise in severe crimes, complex cases, and issues needing to be
brought to Supervisors attention is at an all time high. Shelter is also very expensive and
little is being funded through the state or city, which is a challenge for non-profits.
-Pellebon, Rape Crisis Center (RCC) has three new positions Multi-Cultural Outreach
Advocate for Black Community, Prevention Coordinator and another CCS Worker.
Bilingual position for Spanish Speakers in being looked at. There is an increase in
violence, violence in relationships, noticeably high rates of attacks with weapons.
Credentialing with Insurance will happen in the first quarter, so community members can
use insurance at RCC.
-Gittens Escudero reported Unidos has three positions open currently (Community
Engagement Coordinator, Legal Advocate, and Victim Services Advocate), hiring has
been challenging. 2023 will be a year to look at fundraising plans and analyzing data.
Increase for services and complex cases, counseling services, and sexual child abuse is
seeing an increase as well.
-All of the above supervisors mentioned hiring is a challenge due to experience and
skills; the applicants applying for positions do not have the experience needed. The
applicants see these huge position descriptions due to new requirements with Human
Resources. No MSW's are applying, and it is quite Expensive to live in Madison or Dane
Count, applicants feel they would need more than one position to make a livable wage.
Attendance update Virginia Gittens Escudero joined at 8:51 a.m.
SHANNON BARRY, AMY BROWN, HEATHER LE MONDS, Chair JAN
MIYASAKI, DANA PELLEBON, Supervisor APRIL KIGEYA, and Supervisor
1 - BETH FREEMAN